Amateur champion Matthew Stieger will make a long-awaited professional debut when he joins the field for the Australasian Tour-sanctioned WA PGA Championship at Kalgoorlie today.
The tournament is highlighted by multiple European Tour winners Peter O'Malley and Stephen Leaney, exciting young WA prospect Jason Scrivener and South Australian Jordan Sherratt.
Stieger wrapped up a stellar amateur career in Turkey last weekend, where he represented Australia in the Eisenhower Trophy.
The 21-year-old had hoped for a smooth entry into the professional ranks, but encountered his first significant obstacle when his clubs and clothing failed to arrive on a flight from Europe yesterday.
He will have to be content with a hired set of clubs for his first professional round.
"I had not planned for this but it certainly will be a good learning experience for a career flying around the world," Stieger said.
"I feel I have done everything I can in amateur golf and the Eisenhower Trophy was pretty much the pinnacle."
Stieger, from NSW, will pursue a career on the Asian Tour. He will also start in the WA Open at Royal Perth in a fortnight and is hoping to qualify for the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup next week with a good showing in Kalgoorlie.